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Co-operation negotiating periods

An employer must give five days’ notice of the start of YT negotiations arising from a proposal to dismiss, lay off or reduce the regular working hours of employees.

Because of the coronavirus epidemic, the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings has been temporarily changed so that in the private sector, YT negotiations on layoffs must continue for at least five days (normally, the minimum is either 14 days or six weeks). The exception will remain in effect until 31.12.2020.

Sector-specific collective agreements may also contain similar fixed-term exceptions. The sector-specific exceptions will remain in effect until the end of 2020.

The above exceptions to the YT notice period do not apply to public-sector jobs.

In normal situations, unless otherwise agreed, or in the case of layoffs of more than 90 days, YT negotiations must continue for at least six weeks if the proposed measures affect ten or more employees.

The negotiating period is always 14 days in enterprises employing between 20 and 29 people.


Updated: 7/1/2020